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Destination : Castello of Niantic at the Connecticut Shoreline

Posted on July 25, 2017

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   Set on a knoll just off West Main Street close to Rocky Neck State Park, Castello is “Niantic’s newest Italian restaurant.” It is one of those little gems waiting to be discovered as word-of-mouth spreads.   Opened a year ago, Castello is owned by an ambitious young man Stanley Martone, his father Dino Martone and his aunt Marianeve Picone. At 25, Stanley Martone, a graduate of Quinnipiac University, has his bachelors and masters degrees. Out of college, Stanley Martone landed a position with the prestigious Deloitte accounting firm. But the restaurant business is in his blood – from his days as a boy helping his godfather at his banquet hall to being part of his family’s…

The Stars & Stripes Mean So Much ….

Posted on July 26, 2016

    Commentary by Jacqueline Bennett   The Stars & Stripes mean so much …   Yesterday I came across an article out of Harwich, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, about a program at the local community center whereby flags which once draped the caskets of veterans of the United States Armed Forces can be flown on the center’s flagpole. Immediately I was struck by what a wonderful idea this is, an opportunity for an outstanding tribute to those who have served.   It meant so much to one family that relatives drove down from Maine on the day their family member’s flag flew, according to the story written by Susanna Graham-Pye in the Cape Cod Daily News. I can understand making a trip…

NFL Player Chris Baker Promotes Literacy Foundation at the Legendary Bart’s Drive-In

Posted on July 15, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   When he was a youngster NFL player Chris Baker and his friends rode their bicycles to “that  hot dog place” just down the street from where he lived in Windsor, Connecticut. “That hot dog place” being the iconic Bart’s Drive-In Restaurant. On July 11, Baker was at Bart’s to promote the Chris Baker Foundation, a literacy foundation. He became the most recent among notable professional athletes and Hollywood celebrities whose presence at this Nutmeg state institution have added to its mystique since it opened more than sixty years ago. Much to the delight of customers and the staff of Bart’s, that shares a connected space with The Beanery and Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ,  Baker tried his hand…

A Grand 2014 St. Patrick’s Parade for Greater Hartford, Connecticut

Posted on March 16, 2014

Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb   It was another grand St. Patrick’s Parade that drew an estimated 60,000 spectators to downtown Hartford, Connecticut Saturday, March 15 to watch five thousand marchers.   This year’s Grand Marshal was Beverly Concannon, a longtime volunteer for the Irish American Home Society.     Early morning clouds gave way to sunshine by the 11:00 a.m. onset of the parade.   Irish folk music filled the air, as well as, the sounds of “Danny Boy” performed by various high school marching bands.   As is tradition the Hartford Police Department led off the parade followed by the Hartford Fire Department Emerald Society.   Of course, there were bagpipers in kilts and a sea of green revelers who…

“30 Years Windsor Chamber Cares” Auction to Benefit Troops

Posted on February 1, 2014

By: Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb As so many Americans go about their everyday lives, it remains important to remember the men and women of the United States military who make that possible. With that in mind, a new beneficiary of the “30 Years Windsor Chamber Cares” auction will be Send Hometown Windsor to the Troops – SEND. Over the past ten years through SEND, care packages have been mailed monthly to some 160 soldiers from the Windsor, Connecticut area serving in the war zones of Iraq, Afghanistan and also Kuwait. Slated for Friday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. Windsor Chamber Cares will be held at Maneeley’s Banquet and Catering in South Windsor. “Have we forgotten?,” said Ann Walsh, coordinator of SEND, a community service project of…

Tavern Trot Raises More Than $100,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

Posted on September 17, 2013

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb  In its seventh year the Tavern Trot has reached a milestone now having raised more than $100,000 for pediatric cancer research. Hosted by the Union Street Tavern in historic Windsor, Connecticut on Sunday, September 15, the 3.5 mile trail and road race benefited Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. A special participant was the grandfather of the little girl who started the foundation – he took part just two months after receiving a lung transplant. “This $100,000 is enough to pay for a year of a research project,” said Jason “Jay” Scott, the father of little Alexandra “Alex” Scott who started Alex’s Lemonade Stand outside her Connecticut home to help other children fighting the disease before she lost her…

Democrats Right a “Wrong” Done to Windsor, CT Mayor Donald Trinks

Posted on July 19, 2013

 Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb  Democrats took another step July 18 in righting what many say was a wrong done to longtime Windsor, Connecticut Mayor Donald Trinks. At a Thursday night caucus, Windsor Democrats unanimously backed the endorsed slate for the town council- with Trinks on it -to run in the November municipal election. Nonetheless, it was only a few weeks ago that Trinks was blindsided by members of his own party. Despite being what some call the most electable person in this quaint New England hamlet, having garnered the highest number of votes for town council in the last six consecutive town elections, he was left off the recommended slate for the upcoming election by the Windsor Democrat Town Committee’s nominating…

Luck of the Irish Shines on Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013 – Newtown Victims Honored

Posted on March 10, 2013

Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett The Luck of the Irish clearly shone on the 2013 Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade held Saturday March 9, under sunny skies with temperatures approaching 50 degrees. Just a day before 20 inches of snow fell on the area. Nonetheless, the capital city’s streets and sidewalks were cleared to the bone to accommodate the tens of thousands of spectators who turned out for one of its most popular events. Naturally, green was the color of the day! Green and white ribbons were also worn by some 300 parade units in honor of the 20 first graders and six educators killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown three months ago. Sandy Hook first responders took part and…

Dom’s Eatery in Windsor CT Supports Troops &”Pay It Forward” Project

Posted on January 21, 2012

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett A benefit for the troops at Dom’s Broad Street Eatery in Windsor, Connecticut was a perfect fit for the launch of a “Pay It Forward” project put together by a Windsor soldier and local police detective. Every third Friday of the month Dom’s Eatery hosts a benefit for SEND HOMETOWN WINDSOR TO THE TROOPS from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A steady stream of patrons arrived January 20 to enjoy supper and and support SEND, a WIN-TV project coordinated by Ann Walsh. Through SEND, care boxes have been mailed to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past six years. For restaurant owner Jason DiBella the monthly benefits are an opportunity to support American troops and show…